Apply to be an Academy Teacher

A position held by graduate students or early career educators (0-3 years experience), Academy Teachers (ATs) conduct classes and workshops for students in the Ninth Grade Academy.

Academy Teachers are responsible for implementing creative, engaging classes that support the academic needs of high school girls.  Under the mentorship of the Dean of Faculty, ATs design, plan, and teach courses focused on skill development to prepare students for success in high school.  Academy Teachers are the “lead teachers” in the classroom and have the freedom to develop much of the ninth grade program. Academy Teachers fulfill all responsibilities associated with teaching classes, including:

  • selection of specific activities;
  • class planning & preparation; and
  • student assessment (including written comments about student growth).

Academy Teachers also work collaboratively to design and execute specialty courses for students and work with the Director to coordinate field trips and special activities.  Additionally, they develop other activities to offer an enriching and diverse program for students including workshops in the visual/performing arts, outdoor games, physical activities, and more. Academy Teachers are fully involved in the wider Aspire program and regularly teach choice periods and support other aspects of the middle school program. 

The Ideal candidate will have the following qualities and experiences:

  • Teaching and/or youth development experience
  • Familiarity with Aspire or other innovative middle school programming
  • Strong leadership, problem solving, and management skills
  • Ability to work on a team and support the overall mission of the program
  • The ability to take both direction and initiative; a self-starter who is a strong team player.
  • Understanding of the challenges facing high school girls with limited opportunities
  • Strong organizational, public speaking, writing and computer skills
  • Creativity and energy to work in a flexible and fast-paced environment
  • Insightful approach to community issues and the ability to identify multiple solutions;

Bachelor’s Degree required.  

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